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Music and traditional dishes in Salento and Itria Valley


Between late July and early August, in Ceglie there’s the CEGLIE JAZZ OPEN FESTIVAL. Born in 1998 as a niche festival, since 2005 it has evolved and developed into a landmark of music scene. Along with concerts of Italian and international artists there are exhibitions and installations to represent jazz in all art forms.


Between July and August in Martina Franca there is the FESTIVAL OF ITRIA VALLEY. The festival has a long tradition, it was born in 1975 and includes theater shows dedicated to the Apulian-Neapolitan school. A feature of this festival is the strict adherence to the original lyrics and musical scores as they were conceived by their authors.

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In the summer months, in Putignano – Ostuni – Otranto and Martina Franca, there’s the GHIRONDA SUMMER FESTIVAL. Now in its twentieth edition, this festival aims to promote musical and theatrical works by artists from around the world. Dancers, singers, actors from five continents alternate on the stages of different locations, involving us with their traditions and experiments. For its multicultural features the festival has been called a People’s and Populstions Festival.


On the 25-26-27 of August Ostuni celebrates its patron saint with CAVALCADE OF SANT’ORONZO.The festival has its origins in 1657, when the plague scourged these regions and Ostuni was spared. The miracle was attributed to St. Horace and the faithful dedicated the procession to him. In front of the cathedral, horses and riders dressed up wait for the statue of the saint. The first statue was made of cardboard and then in 1788 the silver statue was built and is used today. There are the knights, bishop and the authorities to escort the statue. The parade is packed with performers and other musicians with fabulous costumes, often handed down through the years. The Cavalcade of St. Oronzo, is also called Cavalcade of Devotees.

Cavalcade of Sant’Oronzo Ostuni photo pensieriparolesogni


In September in Martina Franca, there’s the ITRIA VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL, dedicated to wine and more. The sommeliers are waiting for us to let us try the delicious wines of the region, but the festival is an entire pathway to discover the flavors of the Mediterranean, olive oil, bread, dairy products. It takes place in the beautiful setting of the Apulian trulli rebuilt for the occasion by skilled craftsmen, and arranged in the square of Martina Franca to represent an ancient village and recreate a charming and exciting atmosphere.      


In November in Ostuni there’s the FESTIVAL OF OIL AND NEW WINE. We can taste typical oil and wine products from the area’s best wineries, mills and farms of Puglia. Everything is accompanied by many food products such as cheese, olives, figs and almonds. A triumph of flavors accompanied by music and performances of folk groups.


In November in Ostuni there’s the GIROGOLA event. It is a gastronomic journey that involves various towns of Puglia and lasts until December. In each of the villages local restaurants and several bars unite to create a unique experience of traditional dishes, wine, music, entertainment. The event began with the aim to seasonally adjust the tourism and show visitors the wealth of the territory all year round.

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